Friday, August 28, 2015

DNC Women's Leadership Forum (From: SHEFALI RAZDAN DUGGAL)

Dearest Wonderful Friends,

Hello and Happy September!  I hope this note finds you exceptionally well.  I am absolutely elated to invite you to the Democratic National Committee's 22nd Annual National Women's Conference on Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C. I am very excited to let you know that President Barack Obama is confirmed to address the Conference. More information and additional conference programming (including many more speakers and participants within the Conference) will continue to be announced in the coming weeks.

We would genuinely be so grateful if you might consider joining us for this fantastic experience.  Prices for this year's event include:   $45 Student - LIMITED AVAILABILITY (Includes Thursday Training Session and Friday Conference. Requires valid student ID for admission);  $100 Young Professional (Includes Thursday Training Session and Friday Conference. Must be under 40); $200 Senior Admission Rate (Includes Thursday Training Session and Friday Conference. Must be over 60); $250 General Admission (Includes Thursday Training Session and Friday Conference); $1,000 WLF Friend (Includes Thursday Training Session, Thursday Welcome Reception, and Friday Conference); $2,500 WLF Sponsor (Includes Thursday Training Session, Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Conference, Friday Dinner, and photo opportunities); $10,000 WLF Co-Chair or Raise $15,000 (Includes Thursday Training Session, Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Conference, Friday Dinner, and 1 Friday photo reception with President Barack Obama); $20,000 WLF Trustee or Raise $30,000 (Includes Thursday Training Session, Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Conference, Friday Dinner, and all photo opportunities) and; $33,400 WLF Board Member or Raise $40,000 (Includes Thursday Training Session, Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Discussion, Friday Conference, Friday Dinner, and all photo opportunities).  The Democratic Women's Alliance will also be hosting a training session Thursday, October 22nd afternoon for women interested in learning new political skills and tools as we approach the very important 2016 election cycle.  All conference tickets include admission to this training (more information about the training will be also be released shortly).

Please find all details for this inspiring event within the RSVP link (when you do RSVP, I would very much appreciate if you would indicate that I, Shefali Razdan Duggal, am the host who invited you to this experience). 

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others whom you believe may be interested in joining us for a thoughtful and informative experience at the DNC Women's Leadership Forum. Also, you can make your hotel reservation at (the room block for our event is available for Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd, and only guaranteed until September 22nd, 2015). 

Should you have any thoughts, questions, concerns or would like to RSVP, please feel free to contact me directly at  Or, if you are unable to attend this event for any reason, the President, the DNC and I personally would so deeply appreciate if you might consider a donation (of any comfortable amount) to support President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee.  Any amount which you can invest into the DNC would be absolutely beneficial to help facilitate the President in continuing to share his vision within and throughout the country.

As a brief description, The Women's Leadership Forum (WLF) was founded in 1993 to support the President's agenda and engage women within our democracy. The WLF also aims to provide more information about local Democratic activities as well as opportunities to hear from and interact with party leaders. The WLF is engaged in a wide array of political activities, providing its members with substantive information, discussion, and action. This includes an annual issues conference, regional events that share/present policy initiatives, opportunities to raise political awareness and cultivate new members, an opportunity to participate in conference calls with policy and political leaders, and much more.
Thank you so much, in advance, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Sending My Warmest Wishes,

National Finance Committee, Democratic National Committee
Co-Chair, DNC Women's Leadership Forum
Board Member, DNC Hope Institute
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Message From National President

Welcome to the "New Normal" - where women are expected to be treated like equals; where we are paid the same as our male counterparts - and where achieving the top political posts are not making history, rather they are a done deal.

Thank you to my friends, family and longtime National Women's Political Caucus colleagues: it is with a burst of energy, excitement and a non-stoppable attitude that I take over the realm of the NWPC at the perfect time for all women. As we see several women from many parties running for President, we can feel the momentum from throughout the country that this is our time.

There are many factors contributing to this feeling of optimism and accomplishment: we know from national and international experience that when credible women run for top office, it has a cascading effect on all offices down the ballot. With women running for President of the United States, the messages reverberates worldwide that more women should be taking the leap forward as well.

Did you know that already we have been notified of women seeking US Senate and Congressional seats in record numbers, in states where women have never won previously, and that number includes a refreshing number of women of color? Yes!
Did you know that already Federal Elections Commission reports reveal a major jump in the number of women contributors ... and it looks like women will be digging down deep in their pockets to be supporting their candidates and issues, especially contributing in monthly installments?

Did you know that we are now looking at more women who are voting - and voting for women than ever before? Women who have been optimistic about the progress women have been making over the last 30 years, these same women are now skeptical and rallying around women on issues of elected representation, pay equity, and even the passage of the national Equal Rights for Women legislation.

So, it is with great joy that I am taking a step of executive privilege and announcing our "New Normal" campaign to generate interest, candidates, dollars and visibility for an exciting year of women's winning ways. We need to be that generating force of energy that kicks women into gear to move us collectively towards the most important year for American women ever: the year we establish "The New Normal".

Join us, women and men both, to fund the effort of a lifetime. "The New Normal" has a place for you to contribute, to donate your time and energy, and to become an active voice in the change that is our destiny to create. If you are a member of the NWPC - or if you are one of our tens of thousands of women believers, former NWPC members or younger women new to women's politics, we need you now.

Can you go online now and head to and check out our donation page? Look for the "New Normal" donation button and contribute to this first volley of 2016 collaborative women's efforts to maximize the progress we can make together? We need you to be an at-large NWPC member: a person who contributes at least $100 but does not have to go to a meeting. We need you to be a "virtual member": a member who is interested in the number of women recruited, trained and supported by women and men like us who are determined to make 2016 "The Year of the New Normal" - the year women take that giant step to the most equality ever!

We'll give you information on all the great women running and report back to you online. Your obligation to continue to help us reach further in this all-important year will be up to you. You get the benefits of the knowledge and the results of the support you donate - and you decide if you want a more direct involvement with every future donation you provide as we close in on Election Day 2016.

Please, join me. We have come so far, done so much, believed so sincerely, and gotten THIS close to being equal in so many ways - but we still don't have the prize of equality, a Presidency in our own country, or women elected in numbers that make a difference for women and children. Join us now. 

Thank you for your time and support; I will give everything I have to making this journey to equality the best year in American women's history - and I challenge you to join me. We are on the brink of doing what we started long ago - now let's make it happen!

Donna Lent
President, National Women’s Political Caucus

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Meet Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, August 12th

Please join NWPC LA Westside Boardmembers Barbi Appelquist, Jane Hasler Henick, Karriann Farrell Hinds and Robyn Ritter Simon along with other local advocates to meet Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on Wednesday, August 12.  Currently serving as the Vice Chair of the CA Legislative Women's Caucus, Ms. Garcia is a champion for women and a rising star in the State Legislature.  She will speak on her work as well as share insight into the priorities of the Legislative Women's Caucus in the upcoming session. Please RSVP to

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

12 Remarkable Women Revealed As Honorees for NWPC LA Westside Calendar Gala in October

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Current and previous Calendar honorees (left to right):
Robyn Ritter Simon, Amy Howorth, Barbara Ruskin, Kristie Holmes,
Jane Hasler Henick, Lindsey P. Horvath, and Lee Saltz

With three months remaining until the NWPC LA Westside Calendar event, the "12 Remarkable Women Leaders" were announced last Thursday morning in the Garden at Factors Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Loyola professor and radio personality, Jessica Levinson, delivered remarks at the well-attended breakfast meeting where anxious politicos and activists gathered to hear which “12 remarkable women” will grace the pages of the organization’s celebratory 2016 calendar.

The Remarkable Women Leaders Calendar seeks to honor 12 women who have made significant contributions to the betterment of our communities, particularly in regards to issues impacting women, and who serve as role models and mentors to women in public service.
After the announcement, Prof. Levinson shared a few special remarks regarding some of the still pressing issues regarding the gender disparity in politics, including the unique challenges women still face in running for political office, and why it is important to work towards achieving diversity in ranks of elected officials. In regards to the last election, Ms. Levinson who is also Vice President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, commented:

“I am deeply saddened that we must find cause for celebration when fewer than one in five representatives, but approximately one out of two members of the population, are women. We need the best representatives advocating for their constituents, not the second or third best.”

The Remarkable Women Leaders Calendar and Gala is a major fundraiser for NWPC LA Westside, which is known for its work in supporting pro-choice, progressive women candidates for elected or appointed office – from the local to national levels – through trainings, endorsements and contributions. The funds raised at this seminal biennial event helps NWPC LA Westside work towards addressing the inequities that exist in the political process. The Calendar event will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at The Mark for Events in West Los Angeles. To RSVP and purchase tickets please CLICK HERE or simply visit our website

The 2016 “12 Remarkable Women” honorees are:

Amy Howorth
Manhattan Beach City Councilmember

Amy Thomas Howorth was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 2011. She served as mayor of Manhattan Beach in 2014 and served for 8 years as a member of the Manhattan Beach School Board. @amyhoworth

Ana Guerrero
Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Ana Guerrero serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of his agenda to improve neighborhoods, create jobs and make City Hall work better, and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor.

Betty Yee
California State Controller

Betty Yee was elected California State Controller in 2014. Previously, Betty served on the California Board of Equalization and has over 30 years of experience in state and local finance and tax policy. @BettyYee2014

Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair of The Judy Fund

Producer of the critically acclaimed, award winning film Still Alice, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns serves as chair of The Judy Fund, where she works to ignite public awareness and engagement in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. She was appointed to the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association in 2011.

Dr. Kristie Holmes
Adjunct Associate Professor, USC; Women’s Rights Advocate

Dr. Kristie Holmes has acted as moderator for an NGO at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as well as participated as a panelist at the Women Leaders Forum as part of the United Nations General Assembly. Currently, she serves on the board of United Nations Women U.S. National Committee. @DRKristie

Laura Rosenthal
Malibu City Councilmember

Laura Zahn Rosenthal was elected to the Malibu City Council in 2010. Laura, a practicing clinical psychologist for over 30 years, serves as a member of the League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee and serves as the  alternate representative to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. @Laura4Malibu

Leanore “Lee” Saltz
Public Health Advocate/Educator

Lee Saltz is a retired teacher and longtime community advocate on public health, social justice and reproductive rights issues. Lee serves on many boards, including the National Council of Jewish Women, the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library and on a special project with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Madeline Di Nonno
Executive Director of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Madeline Di Nonno is the Executive Director of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane.  Madeline focuses her 25 years experience in media, marketing and business development experience to raising awareness around regarding gender diversity and equity in entertainment mediums.

Mona Pasquil
Appointments Secretary, Office of Gov. Jerry Brown

Mona Pasquil serves as Appointments Secretary in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is responsible for helping the Governor recruit top candidates to serve California. @monap22

Nury Martinez
Los Angeles City Councilmember, 6th District

Nury Martinez serves as the only woman elected out of 18 Los Angeles city offices. Prior to her election to City Council, Nury served on the Los Angeles Unified School Board and was a community advocate. @martinez_nury

Paula Madison
Author/Former Television Executive

Paula Madison is an award winning journalist, former television executive, successful business owner and appointee to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Paula was named one of the "75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America" by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2005 and recently published Finding Samuel Lowe about her family’s efforts to explore their ancestry.

Sheila Keuhl
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District

Sheila Kuehl was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014. Previously, Sheila served as a member and Speaker of the California State Assembly and as a member of the California State Senate. @sheilakuehl

The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), Los Angeles Westside is a multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. NWPC LA Westside recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for service in elected and appointed public office at all levels of government. Follow NWPC LA Westside to keep informed about women leaders working throughout the Southern California region on Twitter @NWPCLAWestside, on Facebook , and on the web at

Monday, July 27, 2015

Presidential Gender Watch - July Newsletter

July  2015

What's New

Which female presidential candidate are you?
Take our new Buzzfeed Quiz to find out! Share with your friends as a fun and innovative way to share a bit about women's presidential history. 

Expert Analysis

Another Man Joins the Race: Why Not Another Woman?  
Republican Governor John Kasich launched his presidential campaign this morning, joining 15 other Republicans and 5 Democrats in seeking the nation's highest office. With announcements coming on a regular basis, observers of gender in politics may find little of interest in yet another man joining the race. Instead, CAWP Scholar Kelly Dittmar asks why no other woman has entered the presidential race, arguing that the dominance of male candidates is a reminder of the many hurdles to women's representation at all levels of American politics. Read more here.     

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Women are just 2 of the 21 candidates (9.5%) who have launched major party candidacies for president in 2016. #genderwatch2016

Facts & Figures

Don't miss the latest facts and figures at Presidential Gender Watch. Here are some recent highlights:
According to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics, nearly 50% of Hillary Clinton's individual contributions to date, totaling $17.2 million,  have come from women, a far larger percentage than that of any of her male competitors. The candidate with the next largest female share of contributions is Ben Carson, for whom 37.5% of itemized contributions were from women donors.  

Both women candidates in the 2016 recently released gender-focused web videos. With Buzzfeed, Carly Fiorina produced a video to show what might happen "If Men Were Treated Like Women In The Office." Hillary Clinton, responding to Senator Mitch McConnell's claims that she was "playing the gender card," released a web video to  outline the "gender cards" that Republican candidates are playing against women. 
NPR recently reported on a new paper in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science by Alexander Czopp, Aaron Kay and Sapna Cheryan. The authors show that positive stereotypes can have some positive effects, but when it comes to interpersonal and group interactions, the effects are predominantly negative. Their findings have implications for women candidates for office, especially at the executive level.  
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